Over the course of my career, I have worked at multiple substance abuse agencies, New York City emergency rooms, partial and inpatient hospitalization programs and sober living programs. I developed and launched an independent living program as Clinical Director in Washington, DC, and oversaw residents in sober living as Senior Clinical Coach at Hazelden Betty Ford.
I am a certified Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing practitioner (EMDR) and an Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) practitioner. I am also trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), modalities that are rooted in evidence-based science, the neuroscience of the mind-body connection, and are also relational. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.
My specializations include trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and process addiction issues, body-image issues, and adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families. I have worked extensively with the emerging or young adult and student population, as well as young professionals.
Over 20 years ago, I attended my first yoga class and have practiced Bikram/hot yoga avidly for almost 15 years. The first time I attended a Kundalini class, I was both uncomfortable and intrigued. The chanting, bizarre postures and seeming lack of structure were foreign to me. I quickly recognized there was a depth to the practice and tradition that not only felt amazing but provided a framework for navigating my daily life. I am now a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Kundalini Yoga Therapist and it is an incredible gift to offer these techniques to staff, clinical supervisees, and clients alike. I have a daily Sadhana of my own incorporating an Ashtanga-based Mysore practice, as well as Yin Yoga and Kundalini Pranayama and Meditations.
I have created and overseen meditation, nutrition and mindfulness-based programming and curriculum as a Clinical Director and Supervisor earlier in my career but have often found a disconnect between what is presented as individualized and integrated programming and the realities of current mental health care systems. At Mynd Mvmt, it is my privilege to apply my knowledge both professionally and personally to create a different experience, working alongside a truly dedicated team that “walks the walk”.
I received a master’s degree in Social Work and my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University.